Corporates should live up to their social responsibilities - Manuel

Corporates should live up to their social responsibilities - Manuel

Deputy Director of Marginalised People and Women in Sport under the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service Jo-Ann Manuel says corporates should live up to their social responsibilities - especially in assisting athletes with disabilities.
Jo-Ann Manuel made this statement during a recent stakeholders meeting held by Disability Sport Namibia.
She said the current economic circumstances are not favourable to anybody, especially sports bodies. She added that assistance is needed as the development of the country cannot solely be left on the shoulders of the government.
Athletes with disabilities have produced the most medals for the country in recent years - yet the support towards them both financially or in kind is not forthcoming during their preparation for international competitions.
"We are about a year to go to Tokyo and we know that with the support of Nampower Foundation and our media houses we are going to bring more medals, we had 5 in Rio and we are targeting more than ten at Tokyo. We belief that with your assistance to advocate to the people to tell them that we do have something, but what we have is not enough to take us to Tokyo and we need more people to come on board" Manuel said.
Among the challenges the athletes are facing is inadequate transport to and from training and competition venues.
The issues also include traveling abroad by air, gaining access to facilities and buildings, lack of volunteers to guide and assist athletes, lack of support to further studies, as well as unemployment.
"Where are the people that are getting tenders from the government and those with fishing companies, those people that are having our resources Timber, Gold, Diamonds. Where are those people who are mining our resources to come on board and it's time for us to speak as a government" Manuel said.
Manuel said the budget we are given is not sufficient even if they want to buy buses that are accessible.